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Durham University

Department of Theology and Religion

Entry Requirements

The standard academic qualification that is required for higher research degrees is a good pass in a Masters-level programme which is relevant to the proposed research topic. We understand this as a minimum of 65 in UK metrics, or 3.7 GPA on a 4.0 scale, or the equivalent in another international qualification. For entry to Masters level research degrees, the grade threshold is the same, but in a Bachelor level degree.

This requirement can be waived in the case of applicants who can demonstrate by other means that they have the skills, experience and ability to carry out research at the appropriate level.

If your proposed research requires particular skills (such as proficiency in Biblical languages), you may also be required to demonstrate that you have sufficient expertise to begin your studies.

In all cases it is essential to provide a sound research proposal, a sample of your written work and two strong academic references.

English Language Proficiency

Applicants for whom English is not their native language must fulfil a minimum acceptable English language requirement prior to registering as a student.

The standard requirement for students applying to this department is:

  • An Overall Band Score of 7.0 or above in the British Council International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) test with no band below 7.0, or an equivalent score in an alternative accepted test. For a full list of accepted tests please consult the Learning and Teaching Handbook.

In all cases the relevant certificate should have been issued within two years of the programme start date.